Membership Matters by Barbara Richards

barbara_richardsWe honor members, friends, visitors

Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with: Steve Todd is grateful for the miracle of human ingenuity and medical technology that made possible his healthy and happy heart (and only a one day hospital stay). Nina Peterson remembering her oldest sister, Jan, who would have been 69 today (1/31/16). Ruth Saunders and Beth Schmahl who both broke their wrists in the same week. Ruth required more surgery with a plate and screws. Both were back in church last month, showin’ off their casts. Amanda Riggers our accompanist was sick with the flu last month, but we were grateful that Will Kropp was there in her place. Fred Cole’s first surgery was very successful. He was home after four days instead of five, no pain, and started the daily trips to the hospital for six weeks of the antibiotic infusions. The second surgery to put in his new prosthesis will be in about six weeks. He/we thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. Richard Dawkins who had a mild stroke.

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to: Elliot Dineen turned 16 last month. George Wolf and Janet Kern would like to share their joy…”Their daughter Carina has moved from Boston to accept a pharmacist position in Boulder…AND to become an active member of UUCB!”

Random Thoughts: One more “sort of family” story. Do you know where Baldwin, Baker University and Wellsville Kansas are located? My mother and her family were born raised in Wellsville, and I still have relatives there. Growing up I also spent time with an uncle and cousins in Baldwin. Enter new members Bud & Nancy Spear who we liked immediately. I mentioned Wellsville and Bud knew the answer as he was raised in Baldwin and his father was the football coach at the University. He knew my second cousins, and friends of my family, etc. We have decided we are “cousins” from another family. As my generation has become the next ones up it makes me realize how much I would love to share this story with my mother and her siblings.

For coffee hour after our Immigration Ministry service last month we brought a family favorite the Mexican Wedding Cake. It is from my cousin who died last May, and I do not the history of where it came from. We’ve baked it for twenty-five years. She and her husband did spend six months of the year in Tucson, AZ as snowbirds so it may have come from there. It is a joke at our home that it is the “…easiest cake in the world to make…”, and incredibly moist. It was a big hit with you UUCB folks, so I’m giving you the recipe. Enjoy!

Mexican Wedding Cake

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 beaten eggs

1 tsp baking soda

1 20 oz can crushed pineapple with syrup

2 cups nuts optional (don’t chop fine)

Mix all in a bowl. Pour into ungreased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes plus/minus


Blend one 8 oz cream cheese with one box or 1 lb bag powered sugar

1 stick of butter and 1 tsp vanilla

Blend and spread when cake is cool

We doubled the recipe, but only had one box of powered sugar. Today as we are more health conscious you can make changes to your liking!

With Love & Care, Barb